One Year Ago…

One Year Ago.

One Year Ago Tomorrow I saw this….

PREGNANT.

IMG_1297 - Version 2I can’t believe it has been a year since we found out our lives were changing forever and we would be a party of 3! Now, I have this beautiful, fun little girl in my lap. I am just so incredibly thankful for God’s timing and plan for lives. In my very first post about “How We Found Out…“, I mentioned that Kevin and I were not trying to start a family. We were on the 5 year plan, but God changed “our plan” which was ironic, because when we first got married, we said we would want to wait 3 years (which was exactly when it ended up happening).

 

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With all of the unexpected events of the past year, Brooke has been the biggest blessing ever. I know she would be anyways, but looking back now, Kevin and I see just how perfect the timing was. It is so crazy. We wouldn’t trade one second. I loved being pregnant and I love being Brooke’s mommy even more. I didn’t know a love like this existed. I feel like my love for her just grows bigger and bigger every day. Sometimes, I feel like my heart could explode.

 

It is so crazy how much your life can change in just a year. I am looking forward to watching Brooke continue to grow and explore this next year. She makes me so thankful to be alive and reminds me everyday how precious life is. I love you so much Brooke.

 

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4 Healthy Mom On The Go Snacks

2015-08-22 10.14.22Last week, when talking germs, I mentioned briefly that I have been struggling with getting sick often since Brooke has been born. Because of this, I have been trying to be more conscious of my health. Besides trying to cut out some germs in my life, I have been trying to eat better and lighten my busy schedule. Working full time, blogging, keeping up with the house, taking care of Brooke and having a life is no simple task. My body is still adjusting to my new “Mom On The Go” lifestyle. And now, my diet is too. Here are my 4 Healthy Mom On The Go Snacks I have added to my day:

 

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1. Fruit

I like to start my day off at around 6:00am with some fruit. This normally entails green grapes or a banana. I am not a big fan of many other fruits so I tend to stick with those, plus they are low maintenance. I have to peel an apple because I don’t like the skin and who wants to peel an apply at 6am? No one. Brooke wakes up to eat around 6:30-7:00am, so eating a snack first thing helps me have a little extra energy for when she feeds.

 

2015-08-22 10.15.092. Chobani Flip

If you haven’t heard, Chobani, America’s #1 Greek Yogurt brand, is kicking off a new season and saying #HelloSummer with 15 new product varieties and the Chobani Flip is one of those varieties. Chobani Flip is a collection of sweet snacks that pair delicious Greek Yogurt with natural mix-ins. They have two new great flavors; Coffee Break Bliss which is a low-fat yogurt with biscotti pieces and chocolate and, a summer favorite Strawberry Summer Crisp which is low-fat yogurt paired with golden graham crackers and white chocolate.

 

No matter the variety, each and every cup of Chobani Greek Yogurt is made with fresh milk from cows not treated with rBST and proudly contains no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavors. I have added a Chobani Flip as my mid-morning snack at my desk before lunch. I tend to get pretty hungry around 10:30 and that is just too early for lunch! I love the taste of Coffee Break Bliss and the Strawberry Summer Crisp; they are just so delicious. Seriously, if you haven’t tried them yet, you should visit Chobani online  and try one for yourself, you won’t be sorry!

 

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3. Dry Cereal

By now, I think I should mention that I’m a breakfast person. I could eat breakfast dishes for all meals of the day so it is not surprising that my favorite on the go snacks revolve around breakfast. I have found that dry cereal is another great snack option. I pack a small snack size bag of dry cereal for my afternoon snack and like to eat it around 3:00pm before I pick Brooke up from daycare.

 

4. Protein

Protein is always good for you. I am normally hungry for dinner early, so as soon as I get home from work, I like to have a spoonful of peanut butter or a boiled egg if we have one already cooked to hold me over until dinnertime. I tend to lean toward the spoonful of peanut butter, because we always have peanut butter sitting on the counter from Kevin making his lunch (he eats PB&Js for lunch).

 

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Hopefully this gave you some new “On The Go” snack ideas! Seriously, not just another PSA – try the Chobani Flip, it is amazing!!! I would love to hear your snack ideas though. Leave me comment with your favorites.

 

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Happy National Toilet Paper Day!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scott Tube-Free for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Yep, I said it. Happy National Toilet Paper Day! Bust out the cake, confetti and streamers. I’m kidding, but seriously, today, August 26th, is National Toilet Paper Day. I never thought I would be typing those words, but here we are. Now a days, we celebrate National Ice Cream Day, National Donut Day, National Cheese Pizza Day (yup its a thing too), so why not Toilet Paper, right?!

 

2015-07-25 13.03.38So, instead of busting out the cake and confetti to celebrate (I actually might have some ice cream though), I am going to share a new innovative product with you, Scott Tube-Free. In case you haven’t heard of it yet, Scott came out with a toilet paper without the center tube. By eliminating the tube, Scott Tube-Free offers an easy way to make a change that contributes to a better, cleaner world, without sacrificing quality. Small steps can have a huge impact on the environment. With more than 17 billion toilet paper rolls used annually, it is a quick and easy solution for your household that would have a major impact.
 
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We have personally used these in our house and they are great. It honestly makes sense to not have a roll and it makes life a little bit simpler. It works exactly the same as normal, except you don’t have a tube or sticky pieces at the end. Scott Tube-Free can be found at Walmart nationwide and local retailers. Find it in a store near you by using the Local Retailer Locator. And use this Scott Coupon on your purchase! So in honor of National Toilet Paper Day, go out and use this coupon to better the environment and simplify your life.

 
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I Love Being Married To You

I love being married to youI Love Being Married To You..

 
You are my very best friend.

You understand the value of donut dates

You make me laugh.

You are an amazing daddy.

You bring me taco bell.

You work hard all day then come home and serve me.

You listen to me.

You get my weirdness or pretend to at least.

You pick on me while i’m sleeping.

You make me laugh.

You are my rock.

You give the best advice.

You are so fun.

You win all the nurses over at the doctors office with your boyish charm (aka immaturity).

You are my hero.

You are my shoulder to cry on.

You love making a scene in public hence..

You make me laugh.

You love me so well.
 

I am just so incredibly grateful and thankful for you. I thank God for you everyday. You are my other half. I love you and our life together. Tell your husband why you love being married to him today.

 

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3 Ways To Erase Back To School Stress

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3 Ways To Erase Back To School Stress

Lets be honest, back to school time can be super stressful. I remember a few years ago the first week of school was so incredibly stressful. Actually, more stressful than finals week! Now, as a “working adult”, I still find back to school time stressful, mainly because of the extra traffic, empty aisles at stores, and busy parking lots.  I can only imagine how stressful it will be as Brooke gets older and enters pre-school and elementary. Here are my 3 ways to erase back to school stress:

 

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Caffeine 

Number One. Caffeine. Lots of Caffeine. I prefer Starbucks Iced Carmel Macchiatos and occasionally a Diet Coke. The extra boost of energy is needed during back to school time, and, if you are anything like me, it will put you in a way better mood. It is hard to get stressed with a yummy drink in your hand. Plus, it will make all of your errand running a little more fun.
 
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Color Coded To Do List

This is the big one. I love to do lists and colored coded lists help you to be way more efficient. I use Pilot’s FriXion Clicker Erasable Pens when making to do lists, because my lists are constantly growing and changing. By having erasable pens, I can keep my list tidy and accurate.
 
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Make Time For Fun

Make time to do something you love that is fun. With all of the stress, it is important to also celebrate the new school year. It should be a fun time not stressful. Go on a shopping trip, have a picnic at the park, go for a hike, or go to a water park. Spend your last few days of summer doing fun things, not running errands. Plus, if you run your errands (school supplies, back to school shopping etc) two weeks before school starts instead of one, it will be way less crowded.

 

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How do you ‘erase your stress‘ when the school year begins?

 

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